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HELP Spotlight Make Dreams Come True!!!

On April 8, 2017, I watched 15 high school students excitedly await their turn to audition for a panel of world-class performers at The Music Center’s Dorothy Chandler Pavilion. Feeling the nerves; hearing the repetition of lines; and frequent words of encouragement like “break a leg” couldn’t help but make me proud of how far they’ve come – proud to celebrate this moment with them and proud to celebrate their journey through The Music Center’s Spotlight program.

Since 1988, Spotlight, The Music Center’s hallmark arts training and scholarship program, has changed the lives of more than 45,000 high school students in Southern California. Offered at no cost, the program provides personalized guidance, master classes, college and career workshops, scholarships and the chance to audition for the Spotlight Grand Finale Performance at The Music Center’s Walt Disney Concert Hall. It truly connects students with a supportive community that provides pathways to personal, professional and artistic growth at every skill level.

Spotlight helps turn big dreams into brighter futures.

I hope you will consider supporting this transformative program. Your contributions are a direct investment in students and the future of the arts. In honor of our 29th year, we’ve set a goal to raise $2,900 by 11:59 p.m. on Thursday, May 4, 2017.

Donate $10 or more in support of Spotlight today, and we’ll list your name on our special “Rising Star” webpage AND enter your name in a contest to win two tickets to the Spotlight Grand Finale Performance on Tuesday, May 23, 2017 at The Music Center’s Walt Disney Concert Hall!

It’s more important than ever to support creative thinking and artistic expression. We hope you will join us as we develop the performing arts and creative leaders of the next generation.

Become a “Rising Star” today – donate $10 or more to help us reach our goal of $2,900 in support of Spotlight!

Thank you for your generosity.

Jeri Gaile
Director, Spotlight


Contributing will not improve chances of winning. Void where prohibited by law.

Entries must be received by 11:59 p.m. on 05/04/17.

You may enter by contributing here or enter without contributing here. One (1) winner will receive the following prize package: Two tickets to the Spotlight Grand Finale Performance on Tuesday, May 23, 2017. Prize has no cash value. Odds of winning depend on number and quality of eligible entries received. All prizes will be awarded. Any winner who fails to claim a prize after second attempted notification will forfeit the prize and another winner will be selected. All decisions are final. Promotion open only to U.S. citizens, or lawful permanent U.S. residents who are legal residents of the United States or Puerto Rico and 18 or older (or of majority under applicable law).

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